Oregon's QB went 9-9 in the spring game and threw 3 TDs? I don't think that carries any weight in my mind to how good Oregon could be, since that just shows me that their defense still has a lot to be desired. Definitely do not anticipate seeing Oregon as a top 5 team next year, but hey, we're 4 months away, fun to discuss.
One BIG gap in his analysis of the Buckeyes in this way-to-early poll is that while he mentions Zeke and the QBs on offense, he neglects to mention how dominant the offensive line was (and should be) which allowed the QBs and Zeke to thrive. I am a lineman at heart, so I am always peeved when writers/analysts do not give due credit to the slobs.
Anyone have any updates from Russell? I recall he was planning on sitting down with his family and discussing this weekend, but still not a word with the April 26th deadline approaching. I'm not getting my hopes up that he will stay (can't blame the kid for leaving at all), but the delay is quite odd in my opinion especially given almost all other top-tier underclassmen announced relatively quickly after their season ended. Best of luck to him either way, but I personally want to know!
I wonder what level of consultation there would be, and consideration given, if OSU was #1 and Baylor or TCU were #4. Would seem to be quite the disadvantage to the #1 seed to make them play in Dallas against a Texas school, but maybe CFP does not really have a mechanism in place and it really is the distance from the school. Seems like some more thought should go into that if they are locating top seeds to give them the preferred (typically closer) venue.
Seems like he is in perfect physical condition to go play QB for Michigan
I think the most concerning aspect of the rule changes is making a player come off the field (or a team burn a time-out) for an "illegal equipment issue", which includes a jersey tucked under the shoulder pads and writing on eye black. Personally, if this rule is passed, I will truly believe it is the dumbest rule ever, and forever refer to it as the Zeke Rule, since I don't care about any other current player that may tuck their jersey.
Exact description of the proposal from the NCAA is below:
"Officials are to treat illegal equipment issues – such as jerseys tucked under the shoulder pads and writing on eye black – by making the player leave the field for one play."
I bet his "source" was Chris Broussard
If my math is correct, Zeke would need 1628 yards next year to pass Eddie and move into 2nd all-time career rushing leader, behind only Archie. I won't even waste my time with the math to see if he can pass Archie for 1st all-time as I think the chances of Zeke sticking around for his senior year are slim-to-none if he performs similarly to this year, barring something surprising after next season (and a well deserved early exit to the NFL it would be).
I sent the link to a bunch of friends looking to get down there for the game with reasonably priced tickets. Already know 10 people who bought tickets through Oregon's allotment. Man I hope we completely take-over the stadium.
I sat right behind the Buckeye defensive bench. Frazier was puking on the sidelines before the game started and throughout the first quarter. Had a trainer with him most of the first half and they eventually took his helmet. My guess is bad dehydration or he was sick, but given the trainer and constant gatorades given to him has me leaning dehydration.
The possession before Miller's INT I believe is when Tyquan Lewis played, and it was the first time I really noticed no Frazier again since the first quarter.
Tim Tebow. I would downvote myself if I didn't use the sarcasm font!
Can you guys remember how mediocre Barrett looked in the Spring Game? I know that game was a long time ago, but his progress since that scrimmage is quite remarkable. I honestly could have never envisioned in my wildest dreams at that time that this kid would be even close to the QB he is TD, a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender, and the leader of a Top 10 team. Truly remarkable job by this coaching staff, and strong evidence of the type of player JT is (a student of the game by all accounts). I just remember that Spring Game being almost unwatchable at the QB position, and am thoroughly enjoying watching this kid run the offense.
I did not get a ticket from the Buckeye allotment, but I'll be in Section 235. Hopefully a good crowd of Buckeyes in TCF. GO BUCKS!
We better hope FSU loses before this hearing, since I think it is safe to say the decision here will not be final until the playoff selection committee has picked the 4 playoff teams.
I was at the open scrimmage before the Illinois game, and although it was only a scrimmage, I had a few observations on Amir. Here they are, only one man's opinion obviously:
1) It appears Amir has filled out a bit and put on some good weight (whether he uses it to his advantage is a whole different question).
2) Again, only a scrimmage, but he had a total lack of interest contesting shots at the rim. He is getting much better at not fouling at the rim, but he also showed zero interest in trying to use his long, athletic frame to alter shots in any way. This has been one of my biggest complaints about Amir. Offense aside, he should dominate on the defensive end, but either does not know how to contest shots, or just does not care to most games (some games he tries and looks dominant on defense down there).
3) I may start a drinking game this year for every pass by Shannon Scott and Russell that Amir drops, and unfortunately I think this game will cause me to pass out before halftime of many Buckeye games. I've always been baffled at Amir's lack of ability to catch the basketball, but this year I think it may be even worse. Honestly, he didn't do terribly catching the passes in the open scrimmage, but with the vision that Russell has shown in his few days in a Buckeye jersey (no-look passes are plentiful) and the already proven passing skills of Shannon, I think we may see a record for dropped passes by Amir this year.
I am hoping that Amir finally plays up to his potential, as he seems like a nice kid and has all the tools to be a good college center. Unfortunately after the scrimmage I did not have much hopes of that happening this year, but it was just a scrimmage and hopefully the competition down low has helped him (from a skill and motivation level).
Good to see Urban get some recognition to the job they've done so far this year. Although it has been a bit dicey at times (first half vs Navy, VT, second half at PSU), he is still working with a young team (with a very young QB). Funny though that he still won't even be mentioned in the conversation for BIG coach of the year (see ESPN blog rankings below from a few weeks ago).
Roy also scored the first TD against TTUN in the #1 vs #2 game. I'll take that. He is also an unbelievable ambassador for the program, showing the great you can do with the Buckeye Family. I've know Roy for a long time, and he is the type of player/person that makes me proud to be a Buckeye. Glad to see him and Spence together, only good things can come from that for both.
I am also interested in the second set if it doesn't work out with AndyVance. You can contact me via my 11W profile as well.
Pretty sure last week, first snaps at WR were Spencer, Corey Smith and Wilson. Still baffled that Corey Smith sees the field over Thomas (as it appears it is more that C. Smith and Thomas rotating, Spencer and D. Smith rotating). Spencer is a great blocker, but doesn't bring much else to the table (yes, I know he had a nice run after catch on the screen next week), and I am still not seeing much from Corey Smith (other than some key drops against VT).
Trust in Urban (not sold yet on Coach Smith), but uncertain as to the WR rotations we've been seeing.
The first 3 WRs on the field (if I recall correctly) were Corey Smith, Evan Spencer and Dontre Wilson. I also thought that maybe Thomas was hurt, but then once Corey Smith took forever to line-up and then didn't get set (causing another pre-snap penalty), he immediately got pulled by Urban and Thomas ran onto the field. Just seems odd. I understand Cincy's D was not very good, but think it would have been more beneficial to get Thomas some more game reps with JT.
If this is true, I blame ESPN for getting me excited today with this article...